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Congratulations to Winners, and What’s Next

CongratulationsThis past Giveaway saw a large influx of traffic to the blog which was great to see. Unfortunately the high traffic did not correspond to a large number of entries for one of the free books. Those who did enter are fortunate as this limited the pool and in some cases made it really easy to determine who would get a FREE book courtesy of Black Rose Writing.


So before I go any further with my thoughts here are the winners.

Hilger awarded to Nicole Nesberg
Thunder Bay awarded to Wendy V
Why 319? Goes to Darrel W


As I promised I put the entries through a Random Number Generator and some it was really easy and another, well things came out so each entrant got a book.  You got love when something like that happens.  The winners should be getting contacted soon on which version they wish to have and receive their book.

As for the future of the blog at this time I am CLOSING submissions for reviews. I have a nice list of books that I must read, and when those are finished going to be doing some introspective thought on how to continue.  There is a chance the reviews may end and I will go back to just pushing my own short stories or posts on Multiple Sclerosis and life. I’m not sure at this time how I will continue, thus why I am going to be posting a feedback request with a form attached asking for comments on the blog.

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Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Reviews


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Book Giveaway Contest

AnnouncementStatic fills his ears as the radio turns on and the he searches the stations trying to find a station to listen to hitting the scan button on his car radio. All he keeps finding is the same old Top 40 hit, country or classic rock song he’s heard hundreds of times and finally the scan stops when he catches on two words. “Free book”.

Announcer: That’s right you have an opportunity to drop one of three free books on that brand new E-Reader, I-pad, tablet, smart phone or digital device you got for Christmas. Black Rose Writing has offered up three of their books for you the listener to enjoy.

Listener: Yeah right, nothing in this world is Free.

Announcer: You are asking, “what’s the catch”,  as any sane person would when they see or hear the word Free.

Listener: Oh here it comes, probably got to pay some shipping and processing. (Laughs to self).

Announcer: The catch you fear is not difficult you just read the book reviews on Shawn “Knightmist” Micallef’s blog and make a comment on any of the reviews for these books from Black Rose Writing.

Your comment will automatically enter you into the contest to win a digital copy of one of the books.   (Announcer keeps talking repeating what he just said)

Listener: Read a blog, and comment, I guess I can give that a shot for a free book. I just hope the reviews are good and the books seem interesting.

Announcer: To enter go to and check out the reviews.  Again go to KNIGHTMIST.WORDPRESS.COM that’s spelt K-N-I-G-H-T-M-I-S-T (dot) wordpress (dot) com

Listener: Well that guys voice was annoying but sounds like quite the thing as all I have to do is read and comment. I think I’ll give it a shot.


Announcer (in a fast voice): Contest is open to all residents with a valid email address. Email address should be left in the comment to allow notification and sending of appropriate book format. If do not feel comfortable leaving your email address an email to with Contest as subject, name, and email address inside.  Only one comment per book is allowed, but you may comment on multiple books. Contest will be open for 1 week with all entries due by February 28, 2015. Versions availble are Epub and Mobi.

I-Pad is a registered trademark of Apple Incorporated.


Listener:  I just love how they say so much with that legal disclosure and so fast, ok so what else is on the radio. (Hits the scan button on his car radio.)


Disclaimer: As stated all are welcome to enter the contest and last entry must be posted by 11:59pm (Central) on February 28, 2015. All entries will be given a number and a random number generator will be used to select the winner.  Individuals are only allowed to win a copy of one of the books. If you enter for multiple books please state which is your preferred book in the comment.

For questions please send email to with subject of Contest Questions. Good Luck and if this is a successful contest there be more.

Don’t be afraid that after you enter to put a tweet, share, past on Facebook and use hasthag #knightmist. Let’s see if I can get trending.

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Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Ten Plus One Questions with Author Mark Love

GE DIGITAL CAMERAMark Love and I have Detroit in common and after reading a blog post it seems we both had fun with typewriters at some point. I can still remember my high school days when that was the first piece of technology I saw and I’ve jumped on the band wagon since in some way. If you take the time to follow the link to his blog you will see his post, “Still a Dinosaur”, which is quite interesting. The answers to the Ten plus One Questions will also bring more insight into Mark so please enjoy.

Question 1: What inspired you to write Why 319?

I’ve always been intrigued with mysteries and wanted to do one about a complex police investigation. The idea of a killer taunting the cops was appealing.  I’m a native of the Detroit area. When I worked as a reporter, I had a crime beat for a while and would visit police stations in different suburban cities. I know that the suburbs don’t often work together unless it’s part of a joint task force, so nobody would immediately pick up on the idea of a serial killer. These weren’t random killings but orchestrated crimes. Once the idea took shape, I couldn’t walk away from it. I knew I was on to something good.

Question 2: Is there any significance to the name/names of your main characters? 

Jefferson Chene is the protagonist of the story and it’s told from his point of view.  Chene was abandoned at birth and his name comes from the intersection near downtown Detroit where he was found.  Questions about his own heritage are always close to the surface. This also impacts his personal relationships.  ‘Pappy’ Cantrell was the nickname of an old timer I knew as a kid. He acted like a laid back country boy, but he was very sharp.

Question 3: During the writing process did you find yourself thinking about any of your own memories? 

Yes, some of the locations that I use in the story are places I’ve been. Certain nightspots like the Tokken Lounge and the Magic Bag Café are authentic Detroit venues.  I always try to include real locations in my work, so the readers may relate with them.

Question 4: What were some of your favorite books growing up? 

I was hooked on the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald and always enjoyed the crime novels of Elmore Leonard. I think he created the genre.

Question 5: Do you hear from fans of the book, and if you do what do they say?

Yes, I have heard from some. Several have said this is my best book to date and there were enough twists and surprises that kept them guessing right to the end. One told me she got shivers reading the beginning. Later she cut short a visit with an old friend because she was close to the end of the book and couldn’t wait to finish it. That’s high praise to me.

Question 6: What was the feeling like when you saw the very first printed version of your book?  

It’s the achievement of a goal to be able to hold a copy of your own book in your hands. This is something I’ve spent a great deal of time and energy on, creating the characters, crafting a story that could hold your interest and putting it all together. It may not be as fantastic as holding one of your children for the first time, but it’s pretty close. And that ain’t all bad.

Question 7: Do you continue to write? 

Absolutely. I’m working on a sequel now that utilizes many of the same primary characters from “Why 319?” and introduces some new detectives.  Chene is just too good to say good-bye to. He’s got a lot more stories to tell.

Question 8: What is the message you want people to take away from the book? 

Come escape with me into a good story. Get caught up in the crime and corruption and the dark secrets that inhabit so many lives. Follow Chene and his team as they try and figure out who is behind these murders and stop the killer before they strike again.

Question 9: If you could envision a future for your main character, what would it be?

As a detective, Chene is good at his job. But he struggles with personal relationships, so I can see him having difficulty trying to find a balance. He’s persistent. Someday, he just might achieve it.

Question 10: Who are those in the dedication of the book, and their importance to you?   

The book is dedicated to my wife, Kim, who has always supported my efforts at writing and life in general. I also acknowledge my son Travis and authors Meredith Ellsworth and Cory York. All three read earlier drafts of the book and provided me with great feedback.

The + 1 Question: If you had any one place in the world you could travel to for a book tour, where would that place be, and why? 

I’d go with California. That would give me a chance to meet a new audience and maybe connect with someone from Hollywood who would look at the story and say: ‘this would make a great movie!’  Of course, it would give me the chance to tour wine country too!


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Posted by on February 13, 2015 in Interview


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Why 319? by Author Mark Love

Why 319Detroit has names such as Motor City, Motown, Hockey Town, and for me birth town. I write that as I was born in one of the suburbs of Detroit many years ago now. It is one of the major reasons that when going through the Black Rose Writing catalog I stopped on this book and knew I must read it.  The book I’m referencing is Why 319? by author Mark Love. I will do a note to football fans the book has nothing to do with a set of numbers often yelled by a quarterback in the NFL.

Why 319? is set within the mean streets of Detroit and does include some of the suburbs of the city.  This setting plays a factor in the book as in large cities police within burbs do not always communicate together and a potential serial killer can go unnoticed for a long period of time. It’s fortunate that the murders catch the attention of the right group of police. They start putting together the settings of how each of the three women are found and realize there is a serial killer lose in Detroit. The question now is will they be able to find the killer before another woman is found dead.

Jefferson Chene is one of those police officers who is involved in the investigation, and in fact outside of his boss is the team leader. The character, like all in the book, is well written and not perfect. They have flaws, can be dark and brooding at times but it fits the harsh reality of what is Metro Detroit.

Mark Love takes his knowledge of Detroit and does use real places in the book to help the reader connect to this city. You get an idea of the bleakness of Detroit but at the same time how people love the city. The main question will be, how will they get this killer off the street.

The book opens with a prologue giving the reader insight into the killers mind. The actions and thoughtful planning being done to determine who will be next is chilling. The cold calculating way in which we are introduced to that mind shows the reader what to expect from the book. As the first chapter begins it’s a crime scene and an investigation begins. It is during this opening not only is the reader introduced to Chene but the title of the book will become apparent. As you continue with the book the police procedural takes place and you will get more than you asked for within the pages.

Author Mark Love delivers a great book that uses the mean streets of Detroit in a great way. Those who know the city may know, or remember, some of the actual places mentioned in the book. Those fans of crime procedurals will enjoy the methodology and techniques used to find the resolution to the murders. The key thing is the book is a great read and do not go thinking you may have an idea who it is as this isn’t TV and a guest star isn’t the guilty person so it will not be obvious. The plot will grip the imagination and so will the joy of reading this great book.


Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Reviews


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What’s coming in 2015 and Thank You 2014

ThankYouThe year of 2014 has been an exciting one as I was able to read over twenty books and post reviews on the blog.  The greatest thing is that often an author, or publisher, has reached out to me regarding their book. This to me is exciting and helps to show that I am reaching the right audience with the reviews.  The audience I refer to is those people who look for authors, publishers and books that often fly under the mainstream market place. My eyes, and then fingers, help put out a forum for their books and draw attention to their works through my reviews. The word reviews is used as I don’t just put them on my blog but cross post to Amazon and just recently all went up on Goodreads as well.

These individuals produce books that are just as engaging as a Stephen King,  Stephanie Myer, Suzanne Collins and other well-known authors.  They bring imagination to life which is what I believe many authors endeavor to do with their readers. The pages can be digital, or physical, but have the same effect no matter how you read. It is why I write this post as I want to thank those that helped my imagination over the past year. I hope my review helped other readers find their books and enjoy them as much as I have. This is the main reason on why I never say NO to a review request.

Before I start with listing and thanking those who gave me the great opportunity of discovering a new world through their prose let me share with you what I have coming for 2015.  As you will see the list is growing and it’s how I want it to be.

Upcoming in 2015 in no particular order:


  • Playback Effect by Karen A Wyle
  • Glimpses of the Undead by Julianne Snow
  • The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin
  • Thunder Bay by Robert Reynolds
  • Why 319 by Mark Love
  • Counting Churches The Malta Stories by Rosanne Dingli



Now it’s time to thank those authors, and publishers, for the books I enjoyed over 2014. The list is in order of reviews from most recent to beginning of the year. If I missed anyone it was not on purpose but a MAJOR oversite on my part.



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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Reviews


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